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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 75 years ago

The Chronicle called it the “Inland Empire’s biggest grid show of all time.”

Some 20,000 people – the largest crowd to watch a football game in Eastern Washington to that point – gathered in Pullman to watch Washington State College take on the University of Washington.

The crowd didn’t go home happy. The Huskies defeated the Cougars 21-0. It was the first Cougar loss of the season.

“It was a decisive, convincing triumph by a Husky machine that had everything – speed, precision, power, reserves and the will to win,” said the Chronicle.

From the Nazi file: Spokane’s German Society refused to let a new group called The Friends of New Germany use their German Hall.

The Friends of New Germany were alleged to be followers and admirers of Nazism. The head of the German Society said he didn’t want his group “linked in any way” with Nazism.

“We have nothing to do with Nazism and don’t want it here,” said the German Society president. He said his group was interested in art, literature and music.

He said he believed the Friends of New Germany were “slowly dying out in Spokane.”

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(From the Associated Press)

1805: A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French- Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.

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